"A Hole In The Wallet" as written by Dave Allen, Hugo H. Burnham, Andrew Gill and Jon King....
Education is their business
Women to know that they are equal

Why work for love if it shows no profit
You'll only earn emotional losses
Wasting time a hole in the wallet

There is only one condition
Stay in bed or in the kitchen

Better not (you'll only earn emotional losses)
Disrupt their passions

Mirror reflect their teaching
Make up makes up for your nature

Make up makes up for your nature
You're for seeing and not for hearing
Their commands are in your interest

Why work for love if it shows no profit
You'll only earn emotional losses
Wasting times a hole in the wallet

Their commands are your interest
There is only one condition
You're for seeing and for the taking

Why work for love if it shows no profit
You'll only earn emotional losses
Wasting times a hole in the wallet

Better not (you'll only earn emotional losses)
Disrupt their passions

Education is their business
Women to know that they are equal
There is only one condition
Stay in bed or in the kitchen


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"A Hole in the Wallet" as written by Jon King Andy Gill

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    General Comment"Why work for love if it shows no profit?
    You'll only earn emotional losses
    Wasting time's a hole in the wallet"

    This sums up Gang of Four in a nutshell. In those 3 lines they have captured the essence of life in a world ruled only by money.
    Pleaton December 21, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThis song is about women's rights, it's stated in the second line: "Women to know that they are equal."

    My take is that this song is sarcastic and meant to point out the flaws within the institution of marriage.

    "Why work for love if it shows no profit
    You'll only earn emotional losses
    Wasting time a hole in the wallet

    There is only one condition
    Stay in bed or in the kitchen"

    The first part of these lines could be directed at either men or women; the second is very clearly speaking to the expectation that women should satisfy their husbands' needs, and that is all that is expected of them.

    Interesting how relevant this song is today, and how it is a relatively egalitarian commentary on gender... applauding Gang of Four for not perpetuating chauvinism and misogyny in these lyrics, like most other artists from their time (who are we kidding, even today).
    bamboooon December 13, 2012   Link

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